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5 Time Saving Tips to Help Busy Mums Find Balance

Do you feel like you’d have a better chance walking across a tightrope – as an elephant – than successfully balancing work and family life?

If you are ready to make the next move in your career, this can be frustrating. How can you find time to take classes when you barely have time to brush you hair?

Maybe you can squeeze 18 hours of responsibilities into a day. Maybe you’ll create a lunch your toddler will actually eat, read bedtime stories to your kids, and manage meetings and work tasks.

If not, how will you get everything done?

If you jam it all in you’ll need a lot of coffee and very little sleep – not exactly a great combo for maintaining your zen-like composure!

Believe it or not, you can do it. You can live a balanced lifestyle, do the things you need to each day, and fit in classes.

You can even have time left over for a lavender and orange blossom bubble bath and a good book before bed. The secret is healthy time management habits.

Infuse these time-saving tips into your life and find out how much easier a streamlined life can be. (Click to Tweet)

1. Embrace The Digital Era

Fortune 500 companies are saving millions and boosting productivity levels thanks to their powerful business management solutions. You don’t need a dynamic software system to master your operational processes.

But you can revolutionise how you manage your time with a free or relatively inexpensive productivity app like Evernote, Wunderlist, or Any.Do.

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2. Prioritise Your Tasks

It’s well-researched that our will power and ability to concentrate are strongest at the beginning of the day. Get your most challenging tasks done first.

Save folding the laundry and calling back your sister for the end of the day.

3. Dismiss Tech Distractions

They are addicting and they will drain you of precious time – and energy. From TV shows to Facebook, be committed to avoiding modern day distractions unless they are helping you move forward.

4. Plan The Day Before

Spend five minutes at the end of the day planning your tomorrow. Jot down your tasks in your planner, or better yet, use your organisational app.

That way you can get started right away with those heavier tasks when you get up. This will also give you the chance to streamline your workflow; you can plan for running multiple errands at once for example.

5. Make Me Time Every Day

Even if it is only 30 minutes, it’s essential that you set aside some time for yourself each day. (Click to Tweet) Make this time about reconnecting.

Brew a cup of herbal tea and listen to music. Read a book, draw, cook, or work on any other creative project that you have.

While this may feel like you are not ‘getting things done’, you are stopping time for a few moments. It will give you something to look forward to and will help you feel more relaxed while you are running around like a madwoman tomorrow.

When you manage your time well, you have the power to do anything! Want to learn more about taking your career into your own hands? Contact us today.

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5 Career Myths I Wish I’d Known When I Finished School

It’s crazy the things we believe. And also what we don’t believe.

When we’re young we believe we can be anything – a dancer, a firefighter, even a superhero.

By the time we leave school we start to believe that life is hard, that we need to make the most money we possibly can and that our interests and hobbies aren’t important.

But what if we’re wrong?

As we get older many of us discover that we should believe a whole lot less in the ‘truths’ we’ve learned, and believe a whole lot more in ourselves.

Here are 5 career myths I wish I’d known when I finished school.

1. Money Makes The Difference

Most people look for the easy option when it comes to choosing a career. They think about the skills they already have and find a job that matches those skills as closely as possible.

What they’re really asking themselves is, ‘How can I make the most money possible with my current skills and knowledge?’

The problem is that this doesn’t lead to happiness. What we should be asking ourselves is, ‘what do I dream of doing?’ and ‘what career would make me happy?’

2. Interests and Hobbies Don’t Matter

Once we leave school we often sideline our interests. We might enjoy drawing or singing for example, but we think it’s a hobby. We believe we need a ‘real job’ to sustain us.

The thing is that our interests are a gateway to finding a career that lights us up inside. If you’re interested in singing and dancing you might believe that the only option is to be a struggling artist or – if you’re lucky – a sought after performer.

But that’s not your only choice. There are a whole range of options available, including teaching children to sing, or caring for children while bringing them joy with your voice.

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3. Careers Progress Naturally

We often start out with a job, and one role leads to another due to the opportunities that arise. We end up bouncing from one thing to the next, virtually on autopilot.

We settle for good enough when we could have great and it can take decades to realise that careers should be planned.

We need to have goals to strive toward and we need guidance and direction to create a career path. More importantly, we need to have the courage to discover what we want and then go after it.

4. Bad Bosses Are Part Of Life

When we’re young we often put up with difficult situations because we don’t realise we have options.

We put up with poor managers, unhappy work environments and even jobs that just don’t suit us because we think we have to. We believe  everyone has to deal with this stuff, it’s part of life.

But it’s not true. We’re just ignoring the signs that we need a change.

5. Safe And Secure Wins

We often think that doing what we know leads to safety and security. We don’t want to take a risk and try something new.

The problem is that employers can tell that we’re just going through the motions and meeting requirements. They can also tell who’s genuinely engaged and passionate about what they do.

Great organisations take passion and engagement over experience any day because skills and knowledge can be taught. But you can’t teach someone to be enthusiastic about a career that doesn’t light them up.

Believe In Yourself

You don’t have to be like everyone else. You don’t have to settle for making the most money you can in the ‘easiest’ but most soul-sucking way possible.

Instead, you can believe in yourself. You can discover a career that brings satisfaction and fulfilment as well as a reliable income.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Warning Signs Your Life is on Autopilot

Are you settling for adequate when you could have great?

A lot of people do. They complain about their jobs but say, “Oh well, at least I have a job.”

They’re envious of people who follow their passion and love their work, but they don’t think they can do that too.

They coast along on autopilot and wonder why other people have happy, fulfilling lives.

Are you doing it too? Check the warning signs we’ve put together.

1.  You Don’t Know What’s Most Important

You don’t know what’s most important to you. You’re so busy just getting through the day that you don’t stop and think about your priorities.

You don’t evaluate and ask yourself if things could be better. You stick to what you know while inwardly hoping the perfect career will fall into your lap when you least expect it.

That’s a myth you need to stop believing.

2.  You Never Have Enough Time

You’re so busy racing through each day you don’t have time for the people and activities you love. You find yourself wasting time on social media, or flaked in front of the television at the end of the day.

But you don’t have quality time for yourself. You’re not living your life intentionally, and you can’t find the inspiration to follow your dreams.

3.   You Lack Motivation

Your job isn’t enjoyable but it’s tolerable. It pays well and your life is comfortable so why change?

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something different but it seems like too much effort. Maybe you don’t know how you’ll find the time or effort to change.

Maybe you just haven’t noticed all the signs that it’s time for a career change.

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4.  You’ve Stopped Planning Fun Times

You really know your life is on autopilot of you’re not planning weekends away or fun activities. You remember what fun is, right?

Time with family or friends, going to a movie or concert or having a night out.

5.  You Don’t Have a 3-5 Year Plan

This is a big one, particularly if you’re not actually happy at the moment. You need to have a plan for how you want your life to be in the future.

Career change doesn’t have to be hard. Work out how you want your life to be, and start implementing changes bit by bit.

If you don’t start, you’ll never make progress.

Live Life to The Full

Imagine looking back on your life and wondering what might have been. Imagine all those years that you could have been happy.

Are you really prepared to make that sacrifice?

Don’t live your life on autopilot until it’s too late to change. Wake up and take charge.

You can live your dreams just as well as anyone else. You deserve happiness as much as anyone else.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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6 Career Myths To Stop Believing, Now

There are a lot of career myths out there, and they could be holding you back.

We debunk six of the most common myths career myths so you can put them behind you and get on with following your dreams.

1.  You’ll Discover the Perfect Career

People often dream they’ll discover the ‘perfect’ career, even though they’re not sure what it is!

The problem is that every option they consider is imperfect in some way, so they keep discarding the options. They’re eternally stuck in a waiting room where the perfect door never opens, so they never make a move.

Stop searching for career perfection and start aiming to find something you’ll enjoy doing. (Click to Tweet)

2.  Career Change Is For Losers

There is a belief that you only change careers when you’re failing at what you’re doing. That’s a lie.

The truth is that careers are a bit like relationships, and sometimes they run their course. Sometimes you find yourself waking up and realising that you’ve grown apart – things aren’t working so well, and it’s time for a change.

That can be hard, but not as hard as putting up with something that’s no longer working for you.

3.  You Should Stick to What You Know

Saying you should stick to what you know is a mistake, particularly if it’s not satisfying you. That’s like saying you should never upgrade your mobile phone because you’ll have to adjust to a new one.

The truth is that your career needs upgrading any time it’s not meeting you needs – or when you can see a better option.

As one of our students recently wrote,

“I was trapped in [my previous role] and you went the extra mile to help place me in a position so I could study and change my present situation and my future.”

4.  The Right Role Never Feels Like Work

The perfect job for you will be imperfect in some ways. It’s the old 80-20 rule in action.

The trick is to find a job where you enjoy 80% of the role and tolerate the 20% that’s not so much fun. Because the truth is that no job will allow you to do what you want when you want.

The perfect job is mostly enjoyable but it does feel like work for a small part of the time.

5.  You’ll Know What You Want To Be When You “Grow Up”

Your career is not a lightning bolt from the blue. Sure, some people experience clarity and know exactly what they want to do throughout their life, but most people don’t.

Most of us try different roles at different times – constantly building on our life experience. Don’t fight it – accept it. It’s OK to find something enjoyable to do now and make changes as you evolve.

6.  You Can’t Pursue Your Passion

Here’s a secret that most people don’t know. Most people are too scared to pursue their passion. They don’t dare to live their dreams in case they fail. (Click to Tweet)

Truly courageous people know that life is short and it’s better to pursue your passion than fail to follow your dream. Even if you fail to carry out your greatest dreams, you can try again, and again.

Character is built through perseverance.

Imagine The Possibilities

Some people say that Thomas Edison failed thousands of times when he was inventing the lightbulb. Ten thousand times, in fact.

Edison said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Imagine if he’d given up – we’d all be sitting around in the dark!

Here’s another secret you may not know. You have amazing possibilities in front of you, ripe for the picking.

One of our students wrote,

“I am overwhelmed at the thought of not only being offered full time work but to have the opportunity to be a part of this team… Thank you so very much”

 

We support people to achieve their dreams, even when they think they can’t.

We can support you too, just give us a try.

 

10 Inpirational Quotes That Will Make You Want to Change Careers

Sometimes even when all the signs are telling you that you need a change, you need some inspiration.

Some motivation to step away from the devil you know and start reaching for your dreams.

So, we’ve put together 10 inspirational quotes that will make you want to change careers.

We’ve also added links to the quotes so you can Tweet any you like. :-)

Enjoy!

 

Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it time for a new start. ~ Unknown (click to Tweet)

 

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~ George Halas (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem (click to Tweet)

 

Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn (click to Tweet)

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs (click to Tweet)

 

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius (click to Tweet)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ~ Seth Godin (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James (click to Tweet)